It has been confirmed that the Queen’s funeral will take place on a bank holiday, but business groups say that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily get the day off from your boss.
Ahead of that emotional day, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has since issued guidance to employers and employees after announcing that Monday 19 September will be a public holiday to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. to mark.
Although the government is trying to encourage employers to give employees furloughs, the BEIS has also said it doesn’t force them to do so and there’s no automatic guarantee of being paid for the bank holiday if you don’t work, it does unless it says so in your contract.
The BEIS, a government agency, confirms the controversial stance on the bank holiday, saying: “This is a matter of discussion between individuals and their employer.
“There is no statutory entitlement to holiday leave, but employers can include holidays in an employee’s holiday entitlement.
“The government cannot interfere with existing contractual arrangements between employers and employees.
“However, we assume that many employees will be able to take the holiday off.
“We also expect employers to be sensitive to requests from workers to take the day of the funeral off work.”
As well as mentioning whether workers will have to work, BEIS has also addressed the fact that employers are free to choose whether to offer workers compensation or leave and extra pay for working on the day of the Queen’s funeral.
Public holidays do not have to be granted as paid leave, Gov.uk said earlier this year when an additional public holiday was announced for the Queen’s Jubilee.
“Bank holidays or public holidays do not have to be granted as paid leave,” states Gov.uk’s Bank Holidays page.
“An employer may choose to include public holidays in an employee’s statutory annual leave.”
If your contract states that you are free on public holidays, your right to not work on the day of the Queen’s funeral may depend on the wording of your contract.
Xpert HR explains why that’s important ahead of the anniversary holiday earlier this year: “Some employment contracts make it clear that the employee is entitled to take ‘all bank and public holidays’ as holiday and have the contractual right to take one day’s holiday in relation to to take the extra holiday.”
So if your contract says you’re entitled to eight – or the ‘usual’ amount – of bank holidays a year, you might have to work on Monday 19 September.
But if it says you’re entitled to “all” holidays, then you should get the day off.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/21321593.employees-will-work-bank-holiday-queens-funeral/?ref=rss Some staff have to work on bank holidays for the Queen’s funeral